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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Fatality on Highland Heights Roadway This Morning Has Police Looking for Answers

A fatality occurred in Highland Heights this morning on I-275 and police are looking for answers.

According to a release, Barry Hall of Loveland crashed into the back of a semi-tractor and trailer today on I-275 at the 74/3 mile marker at around 7:50 a.m.

Hall was driving a Chevrolet Silverado which veered off into the emergency lane where the driver of the tractor-trailer had pulled off before the Combs-Hehl Bridge. Hall died on the scene, while the truck driver was not injured.

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The collision is still under investigation.

Any witnesses are asked to call police at 859-292-3622.

The full police release is here:

On March 26, 2019 at approximately 0750 hours a fatality collision occurred on I-275 eastbound at the 74/3 mile marker, in Highland Heights. 

The collision involved a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and a semi-tractor and trailer. 

The semi-tractor and trailer was pulled off in the emergency lane, parked. The semi-truck operator, Michael Wenzel, of New Carlisle, IN, was in the sleeper berth of the semi-truck. A Chevrolet Silverado operated by Barry Hall, of Loveland, Ohio was eastbound on I275 when it struck the rear of the trailer. Hall was pronounced dead on the scene. Wenzel was not injured. 

It is unknown at this time what events occurred to cause the Chevrolet to be operated in the emergency lane. Wenzel was cited for illegally parking on a limited access highway. The collision is still under investigation. 

Any witnesses to collision are asked to contact the Campbell County Dispatch Center at 859-292-3622 and ask to speak to Lt. Greg Haigis with the Highland Heights Police. 

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